Naveen Kumar Jindal, former media officer of the Delhi unit of the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP), was given a formal notice by the Bhiwandi town police in Thane to report to the police station on 15 Jun when hurting religious feelings by making derogatory comments about the Prophet Muhammad.
An FIR was registered under Article 295 A (Deliberate and malicious acts, intended to outrage the religious sentiments of any class by insulting their religion or religious beliefs) of the ICC on June 4 by Bhiwandi town police on a complaint filed by Maulana Mohamed Noori, 48, imam by profession and resident of Bhiwandi.
Complainant Noori stated that he read a newspaper article and learned of the statements made by Jindal. His friend then showed him the tweet on his phone. On June 1, Jindal tweeted disparagingly about the Prophet. The complainant said the tweets were provocative in nature and aimed to hurt the religious feelings of Muslims.
Another FIR was registered against Nupur Sharma, a former BJP spokesperson. Mumbra Police in Thane had registered the FIR against her for making derogatory comments against the Prophet as he spoke to a news channel. Sharma was also notified by Mumbra police. asking her to be present on June 22.
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